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Every store advertises great Christmas deals, but there are a few websites that are go-to places in our household. I’m summarizing some of our favorites here. I recommend that you use the strategies I listed in my previous Christmas post in addition to looking for deals on these sites. I also suggest that you sign up for emails from the websites that interest you so you won’t miss out on the best deals. I have a separate email address that I use for this. I don’t want my “good” emails to get lost in all the store promotions so I just use a different account. That allows me to sign up freely for anything that might offer me a good deal without worrying about getting too many emails. I filter through it a few times a week and save the coupons and deals that I might use and trash everything else. This is a good system for me.
The list below includes a variety of websites so that hopefully you will find something for even the hard-to-buy-for people on your list. If all else fails, at least you have Amazon, right? I will remind you about this again at the end, but don’t forget to use Ebates* (you can read all about how to save with Ebates here).
This website offers new deals daily on all sorts of items from electronics and coffee makers to clothing and bath towels. The site provides a witty commentary on all its products that are sure to leave you chuckling or at least scratching your head. They even occasionally offer a “bag of crap” with a few mystery items if you’re feeling brave. I have never ordered one of these, but they sell out shockingly fast so there must be something intriguing about them. Woot features great deals on electronics and on robotic and remote-controlled toys. If you’re at a loss as to what to buy the 6-10 year old boys in your life, start here. My brother got a pretty awesome remote-controlled robotic dinosaur one Christmas that came from Woot. As with most other stores, the best electronic deals sell out quickly. Check back frequently to see what’s new.
My father and husband especially love this website. This will be the perfect place to find gifts for the active, outdoorsy people on your list. It offers high quality outdoor clothing and gear at discounted prices. They sell brands such as Columbia, The North Face, Marmot, Smartwool, Reebok, and Under Armour. Savings range from about 20-60% off. This is where our family starts the search for winter jackets, hiking boots, sunglasses, SPF protective shirts and hats, and other such items. You can also get ski clothes, fishing gear, camping equipment and pretty much anything else you could possibly need for outdoor activities. These kinds of items are expensive and are usually still a little pricy with discounts, but the saying, “You get what you pay for,” applies in this case. Spending your money on higher quality outdoor gear and clothing will usually save you money in the long run. These brands have a reputation for being durable and their products last for several years. Many of them even have guarantees. Be sure to sign up for the Sierra Trading Post emails to get additional discounts and promotional offers.
Zulily offers new deals every day on home goods, toys, women’s and maternity clothing, jewelry and accessories, and children’s clothing. You can find some super cute clothes, lovely decor, and unique toys for great prices on this website. I could spend entirely too much time sifting through all the fun stuff available here. I suggest you hit the site with a plan and determine to only look for those specific items. Maybe even set a timer. Otherwise, noon may just come out of nowhere and you’re still in your pajamas shopping from the couch on Zulily. You can also cut back on wasted time by subscribing to their emails and briefly looking over the new sales each day from your inbox. In my experience, shipping times with this site can be lengthy, so start ordering very soon to get your items in time for Christmas.
I love Shutterfly. This is my go-to photo website. I also like Tiny Prints and I have ordered a few freebies from Vistaprint in the past, but I always go back to Shutterfly. I definitely suggest that you sign up for their emails as they send codes for free items every weekend. I have gotten address labels, calendars, photo books, Christmas cards, mugs, coasters, magnets, and ornaments for only the cost of shipping. Those make great gifts and stocking stuffers. I will caution you against ordering a freebie EVERY weekend because the shipping does add up and sometimes it’s not worth it. It’s very tempting to make yourself a cute little fridge magnet with your latest baby picture every weekend, but stay strong and splurge sparingly. I have received some great Shutterfly codes in emails from other coupon programs I use such as Kellogg’s and Pampers, and I got one with my Boppy. Keep an eye on the expiration dates so that you don’t let them go to waste. I’ve kicked myself for that before.
While I can often get great deals on photo gifts and books here, I don’t think this is the best place to buy prints or canvases. I know some people are very particular about the quality of their large photo prints and the expense may be worth it to them. I would personally rather get mine cheaper from a photo center at a pharmacy. My photo canvases come from the next website on the list.
This is a website I accidentally discovered because I had been searching online for a good deal on canvases and the ad for Canvas People popped up. I have since ordered six photo canvases from this website and I have been very pleased with the quality. The customer service is excellent if you ever have an issue. My advice for this website is to NEVER pay full price. They send email discounts frequently so sign up for those alerts. If you can wait, there will be a deal coming soon enough. Another trick is to sign in, make your canvas, and put it in your cart, but don’t order it yet. Often that will bring a discount email sooner rather than later. You can also “like” their page on Facebook and get discount notices that way. Shipping is a little steep and you will pay shipping costs for each item you order. I still get good enough discounts to offset the shipping costs, but it’s something to keep in mind while shopping.
A friend of mine introduced me to this website a couple years ago. I am reluctant to even share it with you because you can make a purchase on the phone app in less than 60 seconds. I opened the phone app one morning and found the cutest round beach towel with tassels. I had no idea that I even wanted an Aztec print round beach towel, but suddenly I needed it. I had to call my sister and have her talk me down so I wouldn’t buy this ridiculously adorable and unnecessary purchase. This website has the cutest home goods and trendy clothing and accessories. They have boutique items at greatly discounted prices. Like Zulily, there are new items every morning. The sales only last a few days and popular items often sell out within the first 24 hours. I suggest that you purchase clothing cautiously. If it’s important to have a high quality, durable item, this is not the place to get it. I ordered yoga pants from this site and sent them back because the material was so thin I could see through it. This is the place to buy trendy items that will have a relatively short life-span. These products are fun and feminine and great for the high school and college girls on your list.
Don’t be afraid to buy Christmas presents from Ebay. This website has a bad reputation because many people wrongly assume that it’s like shopping for gifts at a yard sale. Used items are not the only options here (although there’s nothing wrong with second-hand items in great condition at our house!). Ebay also has discounts on items that are brand new in original packaging and even better discounts on like-new items. Most of our Christmas gifts throughout my childhood were purchased on Ebay and my siblings and I were thrilled by our great gifts on Christmas morning. We didn’t care where they were purchased. We live in the South where re-gifting is frightfully inappropriate and would make our grandmothers clutch their pearls, but I hereby declare that Ebay does not count as a re-gift. It’s just another online store with excellent deals and things that sometimes don’t come in the original packaging. Shop away.
Never forget Amazon. It’s no secret that Amazon is pretty much my favorite thing. I love to online shop and I’m usually willing to wait two days for Amazon Prime shipping if it means I don’t have to go to a brick and mortar store. This includes all things from light bulbs to Christmas gifts. Amazon is my one-stop shopping site for almost everything nonperishable. Most of the time, the prices are hard to top but as always, I recommend that you shop around. Amazon has great sales throughout Thanksgiving weekend, but they are always featuring something under “Today’s Deals.” The return policy with Amazon Prime absolutely cannot be beat. If a Prime membership is out of your budget right now, you can get the free 30-day trial with the link below and enjoy it throughout the holiday season. You might just decide you want to ask for a Prime membership for Christmas.
Remember to check out How to have a Frugal Christmas and still give Great Gifts to use these websites as part of a larger Christmas saving strategy. As promised, here’s your second reminder: Don’t forget to use Ebates. Merry Shopping!
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